When I realized I hadn't prepared enough for this past weekend's Oregon Randonneurs' Oregon Coast 600k, I ventured off to try the Seattle Randonneurs' Mountain Loop 200k. Featuring 14 miles of dirt road, it was a real departure from what I've ridden to date. It would have been better descending those 14 wet dirty miles on my soon-to-be 650B bicycle, but my old Fuji and her 32mm tires did OK.
Our National Forests do have many uses: Cycling, Camping, Hiking, Sunday Driving, fishing, Hunting...
See the long, skinny dark shapes? Those are some pretty long (nearly as long as my little finger) tadpoles I spotted on a pee break. Just as I spied them the Sun started to peek through what had been a dismal, rainy morning. My spirits picked up, and so I rode for a while serenading those tadpoles hoping that they'll soon be serenading me on a future brevet. Based on their size, I'm guessing they are more of the croaking serenaders, rather than the cheepers or ribbeters.
Oh, and Ice Spelunking too.
A local person on her break at the convenience store in Arlington told me it is illegal to actually enter the caves, but somebody gets killed nearly every year nonetheless.
Reminds me a little of the bowl on the flanks of Mt. Joseph.
I did this route counterclockwise, though you can do either. Depends on whether you want the dirt on the ascent or the descent.
Along the dirt road. Can you imagine building a 60 mile long road of planks?
At the Summit.
Counterclockwise elevation chart.
Waterfall (background) draining the snowcapped peak and feeding the stream (foreground).
Barn, fields, mountains, mist and clouds.
Bruce Ferguson stands in front of the period-authentic railroad depot he built from scratch in Snohomish. He rents it out for conferences and parties and such. It lies along the Centennial Trail--the final 11 kilometers of my ride--as I came into the town of Snohomish.
Enlarge for the detail of the crow with the berry in its beak!
KEEP YOUR WATERS CLEAN
Our Waters. Some would have us shrink the Ourness in our land. I'm for collectivizing. Better we hold it in trust than to trust individuals or corporations. How many children would ever marvel a tadpole were it not for our land and our water?
Keep it Ours,